List of colleges and universities in Rhode Island

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Map of colleges and universities in Rhode Island

This is a list of colleges and universities in the U.S. state of Rhode Island. There are currently 13 accredited, degree-granting institutions operating in the state, including two research universities, a community college, and a school of art.

Two of the state's public institutions are administered by the Rhode Island Board of Education.[1] The other, the University of Rhode Island, is overseen by its own board of trustees.[2][3][4] The state operates two public universities, the University of Rhode Island and Rhode Island College, as well as the Community College of Rhode Island, which offers degrees at six locations. The Naval War College, operated by the federal United States Navy, is located in Newport. The oldest school in the state is Brown University, a member of the Ivy League and the only Rhode Island institution founded before the American Revolution. The newest college is College Unbound, a degree completion school in Providence.[5] Enrollment sizes range from College Unbound at 208 students to the University of Rhode Island, the state's flagship public university, with 20,720 students.

The institutions included on this list are all regionally accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education.[6]


School Location(s)[7] Control[7] Type[7][a] Enrollment[b]
Brown University Providence Private Doctoral university 11,189 1764[8][9]
Bryant University Smithfield Private Master's university 3,536 1863[10]
College Unbound Providence Private Special-focus institution 285 2009[11]
Community College of Rhode Island 6 locations Public Associate's college 12,263 1964[12]
Johnson & Wales University Providence Private Master's university 4,566[c] 1914[13]
Naval War College Newport Public
Master's university[d] 525[14][e] 1884[15]
New England Institute of Technology East Greenwich Private Master's university 1,895 1940[16]
Providence College Providence Private
Master's university 4,473 1917[17]
Rhode Island College Providence Public Master's university 5,787 1854[18]
Rhode Island School of Design Providence Private School of art 2,620 1877[19]
Roger Williams University Bristol Private Master's university 4,397[f] 1956[20]
Salve Regina University Newport Private
Master's university 2,872 1934[21]
University of Rhode Island Kingston Public Doctoral university 17,473 1892[22]

Defunct institutions[edit]

School Location(s) Founded Closed
Barrington College Barrington 1900 1985[23]
Gibbs College Cranston 1911 2009
Mount Saint Joseph College Wakefield 1975
Rhode Island College of Pharmacy and Allied Sciences Providence 1902[24] 1957[25]
Scholfield's Commercial College Providence 1846[26] ?
Seminary of Our Lady of Providence Warwick 1939[27] 1975[27]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ The types listed here are as categorized in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.
  2. ^ Enrollment is the total 12-month unduplicated headcount listed by IPEDS for 2022-2023.
  3. ^ The enrollment count for Johnson & Wales University does not include 2,505 students in its distance learning programs.
  4. ^ The Naval War College is not categorized by the Carnegie Classification. However, it is comparable to the Naval Postgraduate School, which is categorized as a masters university.
  5. ^ The enrollment count for the Naval War College is for the 2021–2022 academic year and does not include 5,257 students in their distance learning programs.
  6. ^ The enrollment count for Roger Williams University includes 552 students at the School of Law, which is listed as a separate school in IPEDS.


  1. ^ "RIOPC Mission & Responsibilities". Rhode Island Office of Postsecondary Commissioner. Retrieved 11 February 2021.
  2. ^ Parker, Paul (24 January 2020). "Raimondo announces nominees for new URI board of trustees". The Providence Journal. Retrieved 11 February 2021.
  3. ^ Phillips, Jason (6 February 2020). "New board of trustees to govern URI". The Good Five Cent Cigar. Retrieved 11 February 2021.
  4. ^ "Board of Trustees". University of Rhode Island. Retrieved 11 February 2021.
  5. ^ St. Amour, Madeline (2 December 2020). "College Unbound Receives Accreditation". Inside Higher Ed. Retrieved 11 February 2021.
  6. ^ "Rhode Island Institutions". NECHE. Retrieved 2021-02-11.
  7. ^ a b c "The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)". U.S. Department of Education National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved 2023-01-21.
  8. ^ "History of Brown". Brown University. Archived from the original on 2007-12-04. Retrieved 2007-12-17.
  9. ^ "An Overview of Brown History". Brown University. Retrieved May 14, 2024.
  10. ^ "Quick Facts About Bryant". Bryant University. Archived from the original on 2007-12-23. Retrieved 2007-12-17.
  11. ^ "Colleges Struggle to Serve Millions of Dropouts. Have These Men Cracked the Code?". The Chronicle of Higher Education. 2020-01-16. Retrieved 2023-01-18.
  12. ^ "Our History". Our History. Community College of Rhode Island. Retrieved 2024-04-26.
  13. ^ "The History of Johnson & Wales". Johnson & Wales University. Archived from the original on 2007-08-22. Retrieved 2007-12-17.
  14. ^ "Fast Facts" (PDF). U.S. Naval War College. September 2016. Retrieved 2023-01-21.
  15. ^ Naval War College. "NWC History". Archived from the original on 2007-10-18. Retrieved 2007-10-06.
  16. ^ Eltsworth, Peter (2006-05-10). "NEIT trains tomorrow's auto pros". The Providence Journal. Retrieved 2007-10-05.
  17. ^ "College History". Providence College. Archived from the original on 2003-10-09. Retrieved 2007-12-17.
  18. ^ "About RIC - History". Rhode Island College. Retrieved 2007-12-17.
  19. ^ "RISD: About RISD". Rhode Island School of Design. Archived from the original on 2007-06-08. Retrieved 2007-12-17.
  20. ^ "History & Traditions". Roger Williams University. Archived from the original on 2007-12-27. Retrieved 2007-12-17.
  21. ^ "University Facts". Salve Regina University. Retrieved 2020-12-05.
  22. ^ "History - University of Rhode Island". University of Rhode Island. Retrieved 2007-12-05.
  23. ^ "Closed School List". Colleges & Universities (CIHE) / Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. 2012-10-03. Retrieved 2017-04-15.
  24. ^ Page 123, Rhode Island: A Guide to the Smallest State (Federal Writers' Program, 1937)
  25. ^ Page 244, The Civic and Architectural Development of Providence, 1636-1950 (John Hutchins Cady, 1957)
  26. ^ Greene, Welcome Arnold (1886). The Providence Plantations for Two Hundred and Fifty Years. Providence, RI: J. A. & R. A. Reid. p. 174. Retrieved 15 January 2016.
  27. ^ a b "History: The Beginnings of Catholicism in Rhode Island". Roman Catholic Diocense of Providence. Retrieved 2007-12-19.

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